FCNL applauds House votes to end U.S. military involvement in Yemen’s civil war
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to end U.S. funding for the disastrous Saudi-led war in Yemen. The House took this step by approving legislative language in a military policy bill that, if passed into law, would require the Trump administration to stop providing aerial refueling for Saudi and other coalition aircraft, intelligence sharing, and other forms of military support for this indiscriminate war that has killed thousands and plunged Yemen to the cusp of famine.
Every representative in the U.S. House voted on amendments to a military policy bill that could rein in Pentagon spending, put the brakes on a new nuclear arms race, and stop an accidental war with Iran.
Coverage in Mondoweiss lauds the two letters as, "yet another sign that the Democratic left is determined to stand up for Palestinian human rights," and describes Issa Amro as, "the courageous and non-violent leader of protest actions in occupied Hebron."
In a milestone for congressional work on supporting Palestinian human rights, 34 representatives signed letters to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sharply critical of Israeli charges against Palestinian human rights defender Issa Amro.
For over a decade, Palestinian activist Issa Amro and his organization Youth Against Settlements have used nonviolent resistance to peacefully challenge the Israeli occupation in his hometown of Hebron. He now faces politically motivated charges designed to shut down his calls for Palestinian freedom and an end to occupation. Call now to stand with Issa!
For more than two years, the U.S. has actively supported the Saudi-led coalition bombing of Yemen, which has resulted in a humanitarian catastrophe. The U.S. shouldn't be rewarding the killing of civilians by sending more bombs.
47 Senators voting against Saudi bomb sale sends clear message that Yemen war must end
FCNL applauds the 47 senators who voted today to block the sale of U.S. weapons to Saudi Arabia. The growing Senate opposition to this sale sends a strong signal that U.S. backing for the Saudi-led coalition’s indiscriminate killing of civilians and de-facto blockade in Yemen must end.
FCNL Lobbyist Kate Gould describes the vote on blocking bombs to Saudi Arabia as "one of the most consequential war-and-peace votes to go through Congress this year" in an interview with Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio in LobeLog.